2 Corinthians 6

1Working together
Or As we work together
with Him, we also appeal to you, “Don’t receive God’s grace in vain.”
2 For He says:

I heard you in an acceptable time,
and I helped you in the day of salvation. b , c

Look, now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation. d

The Character of Paul’s Ministry

3 We give no opportunity for stumbling to anyone, so that the ministry will not be blamed. 4 But as God’s ministers, we commend ourselves in everything:

by great endurance, by afflictions,
by hardship, by difficulties,
5 by beatings, by imprisonments, e
by riots, by labors,
by sleepless nights, by times of hunger,
6 by purity, f by knowledge, g
by patience, h by kindness, i
by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, j
7 by the message of truth, k
by the power of God; l
through weapons of righteousness
on the right hand and the left,
8 through glory m and dishonor,
through slander and good report;
as deceivers yet true;
9 as unknown yet recognized;
as dying and look – we live;
as being disciplined yet not killed;
10 as grieving yet always rejoicing; n
as poor yet enriching many;
as having nothing yet possessing everything.

11 We have spoken openly
Lit Our mouths have been open
to you, Corinthians; our heart has been opened wide.
12You are not limited by us, but you are limited by your own affections. 13I speak as to my children. As a proper response, you should also be open to us.

Separation to God

14 Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? p Or what fellowship does light q have with darkness? r 15 What agreement does Christ have with Belial?
Or Beliar, a name for the Devil or antichrist in extra-biblical Jewish writings
Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
16 And what agreement does God’s sanctuary have with idols? t For we
Other mss read you
are the sanctuary of the living God, as God said:

I will dwell among them v
and walk among them,
and I will be their God, w
and they will be My people. x , y
17 Therefore, come out from among them
and be separate, says the Lord;
do not touch any unclean thing,
and I will welcome you. z , aa
18 I will be a Father ab to you,
and you will be sons ac and daughters to Me,
says the Lord Almighty. ad , ae

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